Well, thank God I decided that I should back up results every week because after I entered in data for Week 2, I noticed that my code had some serious errors. Taking a look back at Week 1, I noticed that some of these errors appeared there as well so I started over.
I knew there would be some crazy results, so things didn’t look so bad. Glad I paid more attention this time around!
Although even my best intentions about blew up in my face when I managed to delete my entire database while trying to restore it (I swear only I could do that), I managed to do a lot of database rebuilding through a few files. Thankfully didn’t have to re-enter everything manually and was able to piece everything back together.
Anyways, me being me and finding hilarious ways to screw up my own programming aside, I have got everything in order. This should be the last speed bump and hopefully I can now start thinking of ways to input this faster to save myself a ton of time.
With all that being said, here are your corrected NDtex25 rankings for Week 1:
Just missing the cut: Ohio State, Michigan, USF, Auburn, West Virginia
Bowling Green bumps up from a #2 to #1 and previous #1 Mississippi State falls to #5 in the corrected rankings. Boise State was another winning from the corrections, heading into the top 25, ready to bust up the BCS.
Notre Dame also benefited slightly with a one spot jump from 49 to 48 in the rankings as well.
Using these corrected rankings, we now move on to week 2:
Fell out of NDtex25 (Previous Ranking in parenthesis): Northern Illinois (9), Texas A&M (11), BYU (13), Cal (15), Colorado State (18), Hawaii (20), Maryland (23), Pittsburgh (24), Florida (25)
Just missing the cut: Tulsa, Florida, Arkansas State, Cal, BYU
Where Is ND Ranked? 87 (I guess we can take solace that USF is ranked 7 now?)
There is quite a bit of movement this week. This is mostly due to the fact so many teams had BYE weeks or played FCS teams which aren’t counted in the rankings. It was interesting to note though, that many of the teams that stayed idle or played a FCS team, paid for it.
One exception though, is top ranked Bowling Green who hilariously holds on to their top spot despite facing a FCS team to stay basically idle. However, the other shoe should drop next week as Idaho continues to fall in the rankings (now 79), which will make that victory’s W/L point total continue to fall.
The other interesting case are teams that fell in the NDtex25 while still winning their games: Kentucky and South Carolina. It’s hard to feel sorry for Kentucky falling based on their absolutely horrid opening game and they very well could’ve lost to UCF last week. I would definitely expect their ranking to continue to drop at this rank. South Carolina has pretty much victimized themselves as well by letting opponents hang around, leading to low victory margins and ANTY.
Next week, I think we will start to see the first signs of stabilization. Just about everyone has a game in against a FBS team with a couple of low ranked exceptions, and the initial blowouts against bad teams will continue to be exposed as the season moves on. Plus, since we are taking averages for the other two metrics (ANTY and TO Margin), those too will level out as the season progresses.
I do have some concerns about the margin and ranking multipliers, but in all honesty that really won’t expose itself until late in the season as well. As much as I want to tinker around with my formula on occasion, I will let this experiment ride out to the season’s conclusion, even if the rankings start going off the rails.